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Tyler Kealey performs his set inside Bluesfest's Barney Danson
Theatre on opening night. Photo by Terry Steeves.

Bluesfest Local Highlights: Tyler Kealey

Ottawa’s singer/songwriter and piano man, Tyler Kealey, showcased his natural-born prowess on the ivories once again, inside the pristine acoustics of Bluesfest’s Barney Danson Theatre on opening night, the same stage he played in 2012. A good deal of Kealey’s musical path was paved on the Bluesfest grounds, which began during his high school years, […]

The PepTides (photo by Terry Steeves)

Listen Local at Bluesfest: The PepTides

Bluesfest, now in its 22nd year, is the city’s largest and fastest growing outdoor music festival. Although continuing to brim with big-named acts, the festival’s mandate also includes recognizing, nurturing, and providing a platform for local musicians ranging from budding talent to professional recording artists. This year roughly one-quarter of the acts at Bluesfest will be local. With an increasing number […]

Screen shot of The Red Rails - On the Line

Listen Local at Bluesfest: The Red Rails

Bluesfest, now in its 22nd year, is the city’s largest and fastest growing outdoor music festival. Although continuing to brim with big-named acts, the festival’s mandate also includes recognizing, nurturing, and providing a platform for local musicians ranging from budding talent to professional recording artists. This year roughly one-quarter of the acts at Bluesfest will be local. With an increasing number […]

Photo courtesy of The Split.

Listen Local at Bluesfest: The Split

Bluesfest, now in its 22nd year, is the city’s largest and fastest growing outdoor music festival. Although continuing to brim with big-named acts, the festival’s mandate also includes recognizing, nurturing, and providing a platform for local musicians ranging from budding talent to professional recording artists. This year roughly one-quarter of the acts at Bluesfest will be local. With an increasing number […]

Screen Shot of Spark It Up (Official Video)

Listen Local at Bluesfest: The Powergoats

Bluesfest, now in its 22nd year, is the city’s largest and fastest growing outdoor music festival. Although continuing to brim with big-named acts, the festival’s mandate also includes recognizing, nurturing, and providing a platform for local musicians ranging from budding talent to professional recording artists. This year roughly one-quarter of the acts at Bluesfest will be local. With an increasing number […]

Kanye West at Bluesfest, photo by Etienne Ranger of Le Droit

Bluesfest: 7 things that stood out

It’s been a ball, Bluesfest, and we’re sorry to see it end. But well, all good things, right? 220 acts, 11 days, 5 stages and too many good times to count. Before moving on here’s a recap of what stood out. Fan Fervour Tragically Hip fans endured pouring rain to hear their band. Kanye fans […]

The Myers Brothers Band. Picture from the group's Facebook page.

Myers Brothers Band plays Bluesfest for the first time

It’s the first time that the Myers Brothers Band will play RBC Bluesfest. The group was formed by Ottawa brothers Mike “MossMan” Myers (guitar and vocals), and Stevie Myers (bass) in 2004 and in 2013, drummer Chris “Reverend” Rouffer joined them.   The audience can expect a stripped-down trio format playing original and non-standard covers […]

Frayd

Bluesfest: The electronic sounds of Frayd

Even though he’s only 17 years old, Ottawa-based DJ and electronic music producer Frayd is already making quite a name for himself. Having grown up in a musical family, his precocious talent started to manifest itself in the fall of 2013, when he began making electronic music in his bedroom under the name Chil Pollins. He […]

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